Are you planning your first solo trip, but nervous about it? Solo travel has several advantages, such as the ability to meet new people and the freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want.
It is natural to be afraid or uncomfortable about traveling alone, especially if you are planning a vacation in a foreign country where you may not know anyone. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, staying safe should always be your top priority.
Here are six essential tips for staying safe when traveling alone.
- Find your destination
Research is essential. Knowledge protects you from the dangers of misinformation, disreputable people, and/or inadvertent entry into a dangerous environment. Consider the ease with which you can be taken advantage of if you don’t understand the currency or the potential loss of money, documents and other valuables if you are unfamiliar with the risky regions of your destination. Understanding your destination before you leave is essential for your safety once there.
- Share your travel plans with trusted friends and family and stay connected
Send a family member or friend your travel itinerary, hotel reservation information, and details of planned activities. Also let the hotel staff know where you are going and what time you intend to return before embarking on a solo excursion. Check with your smartphone carrier to determine what features you’ll need at your travel location if you want to stay in touch with friends, family, or business while traveling alone. When you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can also register by email or social networks.
- Secure your valuables
When you go out, just bring what you need, like your phone, credit card, cash, ID, and a copy of your passport. Keep them hidden in a bag that must be carried with you at all times. You must make a copy of your passport in case the original is stolen or lost. Keep the copy in a safe place different from where you keep your original passport. When traveling by train, bus or other modes of transport, it is also crucial to stay alert and keep your belongings close. Extra money, jewellery, your passport and other essential documents should be kept in the hotel safe.
- Avoid reckless behavior and use common sense
Drink in moderation and keep your drinks visible. Avoid going anywhere alone with a stranger. When you walk, hike or drive, pay attention to others around you. If you feel uncomfortable, go to a public place, like a restaurant, or meet a large group of people. If someone asks you if you are alone, explain that you are on your way to meet a spouse, family, or friend.
- Do not update your social media in real time
Save your social media posts until you leave your location. When traveling alone, do not post live images. You never know who is following you if you mark locations. To be safe, post after leaving the location.
- Trust your instincts
Trust your instincts. Traveling allows you to meet new people and make friends from all over the world. However, if you feel someone is being too nice to you, walk away. Don’t trust every nice person you meet.